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How Then Should We Walk? {The Walking Series Intro}

January 23, 2015 by

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Our Pastor recently finished preaching through the book of Ephesians. As I listened, the idea of our Christian walks was at the forefront, especially during Chapters 4-6. I felt compelled to do a series on walking because we so often hear about the need to “walk our talk.”

Jesus said that we believers are light and salt to the world. (Matthew 5:13-16) How can we be a Christ-like example to the world if we do not know in what manner we are to walk?

That is what I would like us to look at during this series. Would you join me?

Paul spends the first 3 chapters of Ephesians not only reminding us of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ, but also of our new position with God as a result.

These truths are fundamental not only to understanding the tenants of our faith, but in determining the how’s and why’s of our walks. We must understand what has been done for us and how we can impact the world for Christ as a result.  (Click here to read Ephesians Ch. 1-3)

Paul first mentions our walk in Chapter 2: (Click here to read Ch. 2:1-10 in its entirety.)

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world…” ~Ephesians 2:1-2

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10

We watched a movie recently where a Grandmother was advising her Grandson, who was visiting her in Harlem, on how to safely walk the streets of New York. Her words were something like, “walk as though you have a purpose.”

Ephesians 2:10 makes the purpose of our walks very clear.

After telling us all that God has done for us through Christ, Paul begins Chapter 4 with the word “Therefore”. My Pastor always reminds us that when the Bible says ‘therefore’, it is there for a reason.

Because God has given us all that we need in Christ Jesus, Paul beseeches us to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” (Ch. 4:1) When I think upon the truth that Christ died for me, I become passionate about wanting to live for Him.

Verses 2 and 3 give us the first words to describe how we can (and must) do that.

“with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” ~Ephesians 4:2-3

There is a lot of instruction packed into those 26 words!  I would imagine that we could spend the rest of our lives attempting to live by these words. The bad news is that in our own strength, this type of living is much too lofty of a goal.

The good news is that when God asks us to do something, He then equips us with the ability to do it.

Referring to Ephesians 2:10, my Pastor put it this way, “Our works are actions, behaviors, and attitudes that please God.”  He continued, “Our purpose is not to work in them, but to walk in them, in faith by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” ~Philippians 1:6

So, Friends, as we walk this week, let us by the power of the Holy Spirit, walk in humility, meekness, lowliness, gentleness, with patience and longsuffering, bearing with one another in love and unity.

As we do that, let us keep in mind that it is Him who does the work in us.

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him”          ~Colossians 2:6

*All Scripture verses are the New King James Version.

What do you think? How often do you consider how your faith determines your walk?

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Click here to read the rest of the posts:

A New Lifestyle {The Walking Series – Part 2}

Walking In Love, Light, & Wisdom {The Walking Series – Part 3}

From Walking to Standing {The Walking Series – Part 4}

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28 Responses to How Then Should We Walk? {The Walking Series Intro}

  1. Debra

    Our faith definitely determines our walk – when we are in fear we walk tidily expecting the worst, when we are in faith – we walk confidently in Him and not ourselves (least anyone should boast) – great idea for a series – FEAR NOT

  2. Annette Silveira

    I try daily to let my faith influence my walk. Sitting with my bible and studies like this one help me. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

    • Heather

      There’s nothing like spending time in the Word of God, is there, Annette? I hope the rest of the series blesses you. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  3. Tobi@SimplyJesus

    Can’t wait to read the series, I love the book of Ephesians. I agree that without faith, and God’s strength there is no way we can walk the talk. Oh, and the picture is so cute… love the red tennis shoes.

  4. Erin | It All Matters Mom

    We just recently went through Ephesians, too! So much to learn and gain from it. I think about walking the walk when I’m driving. I used to get upset a lot driving (because I was the best driver) and I’ve learned to calm down and not stress out anymore. I’m not representing Christ if I’m angry and irritable at everyone on the road. 🙂

    • Heather

      I think driving can push the best of us to our limits! Isn’t it wonderful how changed we become when we live intentionally for Him? Thanks so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts, Erin. Blessings to you and yours.

  5. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I think our faith greatly influences and determines our walk. This morning for my daughter’s Bible lesson we read about Daniel. I asked her, would she remember to pray to God if she were in a den full of hungry lions. She loudly professed -YES! Yet it made me think… how long would I “freak out” before asking God for help?

    Very thought provoking post Heather.

    Thank you for sharing.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      Thanks for sharing that, Jennifer. I remember clearly, God speaking to me about how I tend to panic and then ask others to pray before I go to Him in prayer. I felt lovingly convicted and have since changed my behavior (at least most of the time!). Now, instead of panicking and asking for prayer, I go to Him first. Most of the time, the panic fades, as does the felt need to ask others for prayer. It’s an amazing thing that the God who created the universe desires for us to come to Him in our time of need. What a wonderful God we serve!

      Blessings to you and yours, my friend!

  6. Rick

    A great morning devotional time.Thank you Heather. That was a big chunk of our faith walk laid out beautifully. Something I never saw before was where Paul talks about his call to preach to the gentiles Christ’s unsearchable riches. That says to me that we can only scratch the surface of His depths. Can’t wait to sit at His feet and declare Holy, Holy, Holy is our Lord God almighty. In the meantime though, may we continue to close the gap between what we believe, and how we live our lives.

    • Heather

      Very well stated, Daddy! I can’t even begin to imagine the depths of our God, and I too, cannot wait to spend eternity with Him face-to-face. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts. Love you!

  7. Susannah

    I love how we are encouraged to “walk” throughout Ephesians until the last chapter where we are called to “stand firm.” It’s a beautiful example of how we are to do some but allow God to do the rest.

    • Heather

      I love this, Abi, “Our faith isn’t really faith until it shows up in how we think and live.” Thanks so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts with us. Blessings to you and yours.

  8. Holly Brown

    Wow, awesome post!! This is such a fantastic written encouragement of both delving into the Word of God as well as applying it to our lives. I’m going to feature this post on Friday for the next round of Grace & Truth. Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  9. JES the Pilgrim

    Very true. One of my favorite sayings is “preach the gospel and if necessary use words”. I think it summarizes walking the walk very well. Thanks for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    • Heather

      That’s an excellent challenge, Toni! I wish you the best in your endeavor. Any time spent in God’s word is time well spent. Blessings to you and yours.

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Jenny! There is nothing like knowing that we are walking with the King, is there? Blessings to you and yours.

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